STUDY OF UTILIZATION OF MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH SERVICES IN RURAL AREA OF DISTRICT GHAZIABAD
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Background: Maternal and Child Health Services in health systems constitute a large range of curative and preventive health services of particular importance to the health of women of reproductive age. The term “Maternal and Child Health” is widely used by many national and international organizations for the set of services related to maternity and basic childhood health care such as deliveries and immunizations.
Objectives: 1) To assess the utilization of maternal and child health services in rural area of Ghaziabad district.
2) To recommend measures (if, any) to improve the utilization of maternal and child health services.
Methods: Multistage sampling technique was conducted. House to house visits were made till 433 mothers and 575 children (respondents) were covered in 4 villages in 4 subcentres. A pilot study was carried out in rural areas other than the selected areas for the actual study to test the study schedule.
Results: Out of the total women registered for ANC, 76.01% received more than three antenatal checkups and only 6.93% received a single antenatal checkup. 100% pregnant women received tetanus toxoid, 97.40% received IFA tablets. 90.30% of women availed post natal check up. 100% mothers who were post graduate and graduate utilized the antenatal care services. Majority (100%) of children of Post graduate and graduate (94.12%) mothers were fully immunized while among unimmunized or partially immunized, 47.46% and 40.76% were just literate and illiterate.